Summer event circuit is still going strong

by | Aug 27, 2023

Balloon festival, BBBSCY golf, and Canterbury and Debec Days are among celebrations still to come

“It’s not quite pumpkin spice season quite yet,” quips Western Valley Tourism Director Barb Sharp. 

She further said that while the summer temperature may be winding down, the festivals that come with it have no such intention.

1: Balloon Fest

The first post-August event is the sixth annual River Bend Balloon Fest, from Aug. 31 to Sept. 4. 

In addition to the hot air balloon flights, which will fly, weather permitting, from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. throughout the event, the festival will offer a Saturday brunch from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., a Sunday brunch from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., a car show and 50/50 draw on Sunday at 2 p.m.

The Trevor’s Goodine Professional Lumberjack Competition will take place on Sept. 4, with registration starting at 9 a.m.

2: BBBSCY Golf Tourney

Next in the late summer lineup is the Big Brothers Big Sisters Golf for Kids Sake Tournament on Sept. 7. 

Registration begins at 11 a.m. at $500 for a team of four. The cost includes two golf carts, a barbecue, and entry into the event. 

The tournament will feature various events for prizes, such as a hole-in-one contest, long putt, and wheel of fortune. 

The teams will also be able to purchase sabotages and mulligans. 

Various prizes have been donated by different businesses, like a staycation package, golf apparel and green fees. 

“Tournaments like this not only do they raise funds … they also raise awareness,” says Big Brothers And Big Sisters Executive Director Brittney Toner, who also noted that the group hopes to raise 20,000 dollars, up from 17,000 the previous year.

3: Lawnmower races

The next day, Sept. 8, is the season’s last Richmond Corner Lawnmower Race. The event will start at 7 p.m.. Admission will cost $10 per person with an on-site canteen. A fireworks display at 10 p.m. will celebrate the ending of a successful season.

4: Debec Days

On the same weekend, Sept. 8 to 10, Debec Days will celebrate the vibrant community with numerous events. Highlights of the three-day festival are the parade, barbecue, market, chilli competition, and the kids and seniors Olympics.

5: Ride 4 Suicide Awareness

The 3rd Annual Ride 4 Suicide Awareness will occur on Sept. 9. in Woodstock. 

Registration is from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. at $20 per bike. The ride will begin directly after registration, starting and ending at J&T Powersports. All proceeds go to support Mental Health Canine Therapy For First Responders.

6: Canterbury Days

Canterbury will host its community days on Sept. 15 and 15, with the theme this year being Battle of The Bands. The event will have many activities, such as a corn boil, parade, live music, community yard sale, and a magician.

7: Bass Tournament

Bass anglers will head to Woodstock on Sept. 17 for the Fredericton Anglers Club Woodstock September Bass Tournament. The tournament will launch from the docks behind NBCC Woodstock. 

Tournament officials encourage the public to join the excitement for the event, beginning at 8 a.m., with weigh-in at 4 p.m.

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